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Quality of Life Comparisons Among Advanced Democracies - Population Statistics and Introduction

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  • Hundreds of quantitative and qualitative statistics on 33 category pages
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Please Note:

European Union - In 1957, 10 European countries signed the Treaty of Rome, forming the EU. By 2007 the EU had 27 countries and 490 million people. The EU has a unified currency (the Euro, with the exception of the U.K.), open borders, free trade, free capital and a coordinated foreign policy. The EU requires applicants to meet requirements for democracy and institutional reform.

Race - This guide has no international information about race because international statistics are hard to find and because class and ethnic conflict are much more important. We agree with Wolff et al. (see Human Development Index sources):

"…society's most visible problems do not stem primarily from race; they stem from poverty…. The poor, both black and white, share the same approximate rates of crime, welfare, teenage and single parenthood, substance abuse and other social problems."

Discrimination related to race increases poverty among minorities, but America's statistics for whites are worse than Europe's. Despite growth of an American black middle and upper class, American blacks in general are doing worse than whites in health, education, crime, and income. American Hispanics and Indians also have serious poverty problems, while Asian Americans are generally even with whites.